The Republican National Committee has made good on its promise to cut NBC out of its primary debate schedule.
The committee was intent on punishing NBC over what it perceived as harsh treatment from the panel of
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CNBC is owned by NBCUniversal but operates separately from NBC News.
The RNC said NBC's Spanish-language network Telemundo, the conservative journal National Review and radio group Salem Communications will remain as partners in the debate, which was moved to Feb. 25 to take advantage of higher TV usage levels on Thursday nights.
NBC News declined comment Monday, including any word as to whether Telemundo will still broadcast the debate now that it will be produced by CNN.
The cancellation is a revenue hit for NBC News, as the Republican primary debates have scored massive ratings - thanks in large part to the attention for front-runner Donald Trump - generating 30-second ad prices in the low six figures. CNN's first Republican debate on CNN scored 23 million viewers on Sept. 16 and 18 million on Dec. 15.
The next Republican primary debate is scheduled for Jan. 28 on